The Course

This programme provides an in-depth specialist business understanding of the equine industry with a thorough study of business management and operations procedures. An underpinning study of the principles and practice of horse management provides complete industry relevance, providing essential in depth understanding of equine anatomy, husbandry and exercise physiology with optional modules in nutrition, behaviour and equitation.

The core underpinning of business management is complimented with integrated transferable and employability skills to apply in a range of industry sectors, whilst elective modules allow students to tailor applied modules to support their career aspirations. The high level of business acumen studied has high relevance to a range of opportunities in equestrian and horse racing industries, but can readily be applied to broader rural and non-rural enterprises.

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Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of organisations, the business environment, operations and management practices, gaining valuable application opportunities within our excellent equine commercial enterprises. The programme prepares students with creativity and confidence to market products and services, as well as undertaking applied activity within the management of equestrian events alongside our experienced commercial equine team.

The external placement provides opportunity to gain valuable experience within industry to further develop essential graduate attributes and appreciation of business structures and organisation. The final year modules encompass real-life case studies and strategic business planning, supportive of the entrepreneur entering the industry with inclusion of pitching ideas to professionals.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
    • Equine Health and Husbandry
    • Fundamentals of Business
    • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
    • Research Skills
    • Introduction to Sales and Marketing
    • Equine Industry and Event Management
    • Equitation or Equine Nutrition 

    Year 2:

    • Research Methods and Analysis
    • Equine Exercise Physiology
    • Financial Management and Planning
    • Equine Behaviour and Welfare or Advance Equitation
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    • Equine Law
    • Human Resource Management

    Year 3:

    • Dissertation
    • Strategic HR and Leadership Management
    • Rural Strategic Business Management
    • Rural Operations Management
    • Rural Marketing Management
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have: 

    • A minimum of 104 UCAS points
    • GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification
    • An appropriate academic reference 

    UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualifications:    

    • Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications. 
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing. 
    • Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the accreditation of prior learning approval process.
  • Contact Time

    Contact time includes approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. 

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches, utilising excellent onsite resources and extensive industry links for applied aspects. For all modules, there are theory lectures delivered, aimed to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. Lectures are used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. 

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Students can expect:

    • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
    • Access to an Online Virtual Learning Environment called iLearn, which is used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
    • Guest lectures, demonstrations from a range of visiting speakers and offsite trips. 
  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, time constrained assessments, logbooks and portfolios, practical assessments, project based assessments, examinations and dissertation. 

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.   

  • Progression

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to postgraduate study within Equine or beyond. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills for self-employment as well as working within an organisation. 

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme have access to a vast and extensive scope of the Equine Industry from Sales and marketing to Event management. Other areas include finance and retailing as well as entrepreneurship and innovation approaches. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, smartphone, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • Riding hat to current (PAS015 with BSI kitemark) standard in a dark plain colour or silk
    • Plain, dark coloured trousers or breeches or jodhpurs not jeans
    • Gloves for horse handling
    • Yard boots or wellington boots (NB: Boots are not permitted within the classroom, so a change of footwear is advisable)

    If you are undertaking any riding at the college, you will also need the following:

    • Body protector (BETA Level Three 2009). Please note, we do not permit Air Jackets in any day to day sessions.
    • Long riding boots or short boots with gaiters
    • Schooling / Jumping whip
    • Long sleeved base layer or thin top and
    • Soft peaked hat or preferable jockey skull hat and silk to the standards listed above
  • How To Apply

    For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code N2D4.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

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